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Sailboat Cruising As a Retirement Lifestyle

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Sailboat cruising as a retirement lifestyle is a way of life that not many baby boomers reaching retirement age have considered.

However, from never stepping foot on a sailboat to living on a sailboat, full-time four years later is exactly what we did.

It was a wonderful experience for us.

Our cruising grounds were in the Caribbean... bounded by the Virgin Islands, both British and United States in the North... to Venezuela and Trinidad in the South.

So what you say?

We discovered that this lifestyle is a lot of fun... Jimmy Buffett knows what he's talking about when he sings about "changes in latitude bringing about changes in attitudes".

We were also pleasantly surprised at the lack of nautical knowledge that we possessed when we started... we picked up what we needed to learn to sailboat cruise safely as you enjoyed this lifestyle. You learn as you go.

We found the sailboat cruising community to be very tight knit and always willing to help anyone that wanted to try this way of life.

The retirement lifestyle that sailboat cruising offers... at least in the Caribbean... is also very inexpensive... there just are not that many opportunities to spend money.

Now almost 20 years after we embarked upon this lifestyle we find the questions that we're ask center around:

  • Piracy
  • Bad weather and hurricane avoidance
  • Communications
  • Onshore safety
  • Healthcare

Piracy was never an issue because sailboats are very slow... about 5 to 6 miles an hour versus a motor driven craft that might appeal to drug smugglers.

Running into bad weather while sailing was not an issue because most of the time you are not moving, you are stationary at the dock or at a comfortable anchorage.

Unless the weather report showed calm seas and low wind speeds, sailboat cruisers tended to stay where they were.

We found that a single side band radio, SSB, on board was a very easy way to stay in communications with other cruisers... and obtain weather reports readily on a daily basis.

Onshore safety was simply a matter of using common sense... no flashy jewelry, traveling in groups, and other common sense precautions you would take in any strange city in the United States.

We found the healthcare in the islands to be very affordable and very competent... at much lower prices than what we would expect to pay in the United States.

With these common questions answered it is no wonder that baby boomers looking for alternative ways to retire you should consider cruising on a sailboat,especially in the Caribbean, for their retirement years.

If we can do it so can you.

Live the Dream.

Get your copy of Live the on a sailboat in the Caribbean... It will show you step-by-step, how two non-sailor's, enjoyed life for eight wonderful fun and safe years living on their own boat in the Caribbean... If we can do it you can do it.

Gary Pierce is the webmaster of he retired early at 49, he is still retired at 66.

He has experienced some of the retirement realities that baby boomers are facing.He can show you how to make lemonade from the lemons the baby boomer generation has been dealt. It is 2012 and many are wondering if they can ever can still retire. Don't give up until you check out this website.

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